Cuba is the first country in the world to initiate vaccination

This Monday (6), Cuba started the vaccination against covid-19 in children from 2 to 18 years old with the Soberana 02, Soberana Plus and Abdala formulas. The campaign will be carried out in stages according to the school year to make it possible to return to classroom in a month, but in this first week all children and adolescents in the country will receive a dose of the immunizing agent.

The first will be students aged 16 to 17, to resume classroom classes on October 4th. Then, students from 12 to 18 years old to start classes until the 8th of November. Children in primary education must also start vaccination this month to be able to return to school from November 15th.

Vaccination cycles with Abdala last 28 days and include three doses, while for those who receive Soberana 02, two doses are applied, with a booster of Soberana Plus, within an interval of 56 days. Both Cuban formulas have more than 91% of proven efficacy against the new coronavirus.

Cuba is the only country in Latin America to develop five vaccines against the Sars-Cov2 virus. By September 4, 14.6 million doses had been applied, with 4.1 million Cubans having completed the full course of immunization.

Pediatric clinical trials were carried out during the month of June with 350 volunteers among children and adolescents.

“The results obtained among the pediatric population were superior in all immunological variants compared to the adult population aged 19 to 80 years”, detailed in a statement the State Control Center for Medicines, Equipment and Medical Devices (CEDMED).

Cuba registered 7,230 new infections by covid-19 in the last 24 hours, reflecting the new wave of the pandemic, caused by the presence of the Delta variant. In total, 696,000 patients were registered and 5,788 died by the new coronavirus, according to the Ministry of Public Health.

The Cuban government’s objective is to immunize the entire population of the island by the end of 2021 and be able to offer vaccines to tourists. Starting in November, when they expect to have 80% of the population vaccinated, the opening of borders will begin to be opened gradually.

Edition: Thales Schmidt

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